Review of China Eastern flight Singapore Shanghai in Economy

Airline China Eastern
Flight MU566
Class Economy
Seat 63A
Aircraft Airbus A330-300
Flight time 05:00
Take-off 14 May 17, 23:05
Arrival at 15 May 17, 04:05
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By 2141
Published on 1st June 2017
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This trip was planned as a post-exam graduation trip for my sister and myself as well as for my mum to clear some of her annual leave. As usual for East Asian destinations, China Eastern provides the cheapest flights to Busan via Shanghai and there are no direct flights to Busan from Singapore (Please correct me if I'm wrong). At just over S$600/pax, it was a reasonable price to pay for this flights and a reasonable time.

China Eastern Airlines
MU 566
Singapore Changi International Airport (SIN) - Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)
A330-300
B-6100
Economy Class
Gate A9


China Eastern uses Row 10 in Changi Airport Terminal 3. Since the flight was at 11:05pm and we arrived at the airport at 8pm, we were very early for check in and the counters were empty. The counters were also not swamped as the flight was at about 50% load. We had tried to check-in online earlier during the day but the website was not working for us and we weren't able to select seats. However, since the flight was not full, we were able to select the seats at the counter.
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MU's check-in counters.
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Got my boarding pass for this sector.
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Last shot before going airside. Bye Singapore!
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After crossing immigration, we are officially airside.
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Helped my dad locate the TV lounge as he wanted to watch the Formula 1 race. However, they were only screening golf and tennis for the dozen people waiting for their next flight.
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Decided to take a walk around T3 but there's nothing much that interests me.
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Decided to wait outside the gate for it to open at 10pm.
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And here is our bird. Definitely not a new plane.
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Being the first to enter the waiting, naturally, it was empty. No toilets in here and you are advised to visit the toilets before entering the gates.
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And it's time to board and on-time.
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MU's Economy Cabin, arranged in a 2-4-2 configuration. As you can see, its one of MU's older cabins.
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Seated, I'm fairly disappointed to see that there's no IFE on this flight but legroom is better like this. I also noticed that the air-conditioning on the flight is either turned off or set at a high temperature. On the seats, there are beige blankets placed which you can bring home.
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Earpiece given for this flight. 2-pin connector so you're not likely to use this, other than on another flight.
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MU's in-flight magazine "Connections".
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MU's in-flight shopping magazine "Eastern Mall".
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China's quarantine information.
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Aircraft safety card.
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Airsickness bag.
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Sitting besides the Frankfurt-bound SQ flight.
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Safety video being shown on the common screens. Passengers are unable to use their mobile phones on MU flights, even in flight mode and the staff are pretty strict about it, telling passengers using their phones to switch it off completely.
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And we have lift-off over Changi!
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Once the plane levels off, the in-flight services commence with two options. Rice with beef or Chicken noodles. Neither meal was very tasty and they were accompanied by a cold potato salad, three slices of fruit, a bun and a water cup. I chose a Tsingtao to accompany my meal.
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After the meal, the crew walk down the aisle offering hot chinese tea to the passengers. This was a nice way to end the meal, with hot chinese tea.
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Obligatory toilet visit after the meal. Clean but I dislike all the stickers which was all over the mirror.
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After the toilet visit and having no IFE, I decided to sleep until arrival. 30 minutes before landing, the lights come back on and there's a last minute rush of passengers using the toilet.
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And we're landed at Shanghai Pudong where we taxi to a remote stand.
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Disembarking the plane, time to get a good snapshot of the plane from the ground.
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Arrival at Pudong.
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Verdict

China Eastern

4.0/10
Cabin5.5
Cabin crew5.5
Entertainment1.0
Meal/catering4.0

Singapore - SIN

9.0/10
Efficiency9.0
Access9.0
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.5

Shanghai - PVG

6.5/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services5.0
Cleanliness7.0

Conclusion

Still not a fan of MU personally but they do offer the most competitive prices. Not the best flight I've been on and in fact it's one of the poorer flights. Not being able to use your phone even in flight mode is a poor decision by the company and I feel that they need to review this issue with most other airlines allowing phones in flight mode.

Informations on the route Singapore (SIN) Shanghai (PVG)

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